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A year in the life of ACNAP

ESC Congress News 2019 - Paris, France

Nurses and allied professionals are highly valued by the ESC, as an essential piece of the jigsaw that makes up cardiovascular treatment and care.

Cardiovascular Nursing

Dr. Tina HansenDr. Catriona JenningsAt ESC Congress 2018, the Society elevated the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions to Association status. In the last year, the Association of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (ACNAP) has made great strides in developing its organisation to best serve its 3,000 plus members.

Doctor Tina Hansen (Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde, Denmark), President of ACNAP says, “To ensure we are meeting the needs of both our nursing and our allied professions, one of the first things we did was set up a Task Force on allied professionals to establish what type of support members would like to see from the ESC. We hope to use the information gathered over the next 6–12 months to develop a strategic plan to move forward.” Keen to attract young members, the Association has created ACNAP Young Community (ACNAP YoCo). “Currently, individuals going into research or training are typically older than in other subspecialties. We want to encourage younger members to engage in research and we want to better support younger nurses and allied professionals working
in clinical practice.”

ACNAP is looking to expand its training resources by providing webinars on a more frequent basis, starting with a once-quarterly programme. The Association feels strongly that education and training should be consistent across Europe. Dr. Hansen says, “We recently conducted a survey to identify the educational needs of members and to help improve access to education and harmonise approaches. We are engaging more with National Cardiovascular Nursing Societies to help us here.” And the Association’s flagship meeting, EuroHeartCare Congress, is getting a facelift. “We want the Congress to have a greater focus on clinical practice and to promote information exchange by making sessions more interactive,” says Dr. Hansen. “We are aware that language is a significant barrier to effective communication for many of our members. Because of this, we aim to provide translation of at least some of the Congress sessions.” The ‘Be Guidelines Smart Toolkit’ has already been translated into a number of different languages.

ACNAP have contributed to a diverse and full programme here at ESC Congress 2019. On Saturday, there were four symposia in collaboration with the French nursing community, covering emergency care, cath lab challenges, embracing technology and secondary prevention. A flavour of some of the content is given by Doctor Catriona Jennings (Imperial College London, London, UK), discussing the transition between hospital and home care. “Patients leaving hospital after an event need access to cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation programmes,” she says. “Unfortunately, for complex reasons—including limited resources, lack of recommendation by the treating physician, and a lack of patient awareness—many patients fail to take up these programmes.” One of the biggest problems is that patients can fall into a gap of care.
“A fast turnaround time from hospital to home following, for example, primary percutaneous coronary intervention, means they can get lost in the system,” says Dr. Jennings. “Personnel in acute care frequently do not have time to spend with each individual patient and, once home, the GP may not be aware of the patient’s situation.”

She says there is an urgent need for more joined-up care. “Electronic medical record systems integrated across primary, secondary and tertiary care can help to some extent, but they are not always well implemented.” Above all, however, interdisciplinary care and nursing and allied professions are key elements in helping to create a better system and care pathway for patients. “The different disciplines involved in this pathway need to work together. And nurses, who are trained to deliver holistic care and to see the big picture of patient management, are ideally placed to be coordinators of this care and to ensure a smooth transition from in-hospital care back to primary care.”

Check out the Cardiovascular Nursing track sessions ongoing today!

Optimising exercise training in cardiac patients
07:30 – 08:15; Colette – The Hub

Smoking cessation – What’s new?
14:30 – 15:40; Colette – The Hub

Interventions to improve survival and quality of life after cardiac arrest
16:40 – 17:50; Sofia – Village 8



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Optimising exercise training in cardiac patients
07:30 – 08:15; Colette – The Hub
Smoking cessation – What’s new?
14:30 – 15:40; Colette – The Hub
Interventions to improve survival and quality of life after cardiac arrest
16:40 – 17:50; Sofia – Village

Notes to editor

About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology brings together healthcare professionals from more than 150 countries, working to advance cardiovascular medicine and help people lead longer, healthier lives.

About ESC Congress 2019

ESC Congress is the world’s largest and most influential cardiovascular event contributing to global awareness of the latest clinical trials and breakthrough discoveries. ESC Congress 2019 takes place 31 August to 4 September at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris - France. Explore the scientific programme